Uncommitted Prospect Spotlight: 2022 1B/OF Jake Books


Greg Williams
Pennsylvania Director of Scouting

Just five weeks have passed since the completion of the 2019 PBR Future Games and to date a total of nine players that made up the 21 player Team Pennsylvania roster have announced a college commitment.

Over the coming weeks we will take a look at the remaining dozen prospects that participated in a Team PA uniform and recap their performance at the event.

Today we continue with a look at 2022 1B/OF Jake Books. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound left-handed hitter showcased above average balance and an advanced approach to hitting while leading the team in RBI over the course of three games. Books currently shows the ability to drive the baseball to all fields with his strength coming from his lower half. A 93 mph bat exit velocity and a frame that has room to continue developing should lead to additional power in the coming years.

Jake Books

Class of 2022 / 1B

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2022
  • Primary Position: 1B
    Secondary Position: OF
  • High School: Spring-Ford
    State: PA
  • Summer Team: Keystone State Bombers 16U National
  • Height: 6-2
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: L/L

Statistics

Pitching
78 - 80
FB
(03/02/19)
67 - 68
CB
(06/28/19)
69 - 72
CH
(06/18/19)
68 - 70
SL
(06/18/19)
Pitching
FB
78 - 80
CB
63 - 64
CH
69 - 72
SL
68 - 70
Pitching
FB
78 - 80
CB
61 - 65
CH
65 - 66
Position
7.18
60-yard
(02/14/21)
85
INF Velo
(02/14/21)
80
OF Velo
(03/02/19)
100
Exit Velo
(02/14/21)
Position
60-yard
7.18
INF Velo
85
Exit Velo
100
Position
60-yard
7.23
INF Velo
82
Exit Velo
99
Position
60-yard
7.34
INF Velo
80
Exit Velo
93
Position
60-yard
7.64
INF Velo
79
Exit Velo
93
Trackman - Hitting
99.65
Exit Speed (max)
(02/14/21)
91.17
Exit Speed (avg)
(06/15/20)
295
Distance (avg)
(02/14/21)
362
Distance (max)
(02/14/21)
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
99.65
Exit Speed (avg)
90.86
Distance (avg)
295
Distance (max)
362
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Trackman - Hitting
Exit Speed (max)
98.69
Exit Speed (avg)
91.17
Distance (avg)
235
Distance (max)
362
Ground Ball %
Line Drive %
Fly Ball %
Hard Hit %
Blast - Hitting
23.20
Hand Speed (max)
(06/15/20)
21.79
Hand Speed (avg)
(02/14/21)
81.20
Bat Speed (max)
(02/14/21)
75.93
Bat Speed (avg)
(06/15/20)
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.1
Hand Speed (avg)
21.79
Bat Speed (max)
81.2
Bat Speed (avg)
73.59
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %
Blast - Hitting
Hand Speed (max)
23.2
Hand Speed (avg)
21.71
Bat Speed (max)
79.6
Bat Speed (avg)
75.93
Rot. Acc (max)
Rot. Acc (avg)
On Plane Eff %

Scouting Report

+ 2019 PBR Future Games Selection (Team Pennsylvania)

6/28/19
6-foot-2, 200-pound left-handed hitter showcased arguably the most balanced, consistent offensive approach of any hitter at the event. Went 3-for-8 with a walk and an a pair of RBI over the course of three games. Also made several loud outs and was a tough out all weekend. Polished defender at first base, Books also has above average feel for three pitches on the mound and a solid knowledge of how to attack hitters. Books was added to the Team Pennsylvania roster for the PBR Future Games following his performance.

6/11/19

6-foot-2, 200-pound two-way prospect sat 78-80 from a high 3/4 arm slot with a balanced, repeatable delivery. Displayed feel for spin with a curveball at 63-64 that had 1/7 rotation. Also commanded a slider with shorter break out of the same window at 68-70 and a changeup at 69-72. Left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiate his swing with a heel-raise stride. Clears his hips well and works through the baseball regularly with a feel for the barrel. Registered a bat exit velocity of 92 mph and ran a 7.33 60-yard dash. Showcased a soft glove hand and active feet around the bag at first base.

3/02/19

6-foot-1, 195-pound two-way prospect with an athletic, projectable frame. The primary pitcher sat 78-80 from an over-the-top arm slot with slight arm-side run to his fastball. Also showcased a curveball at 61-65 with 1/7 rotation and a changeup that sat 65-66 at near fastball arm-speed. The left-handed hitter starts from a square stance and initiates his swing with a lift-and-replace stride. Showed the ability to create backspin with present gap power and an above average feel for the barrel. Registered an 83 mph bat exit velocity and showcased athletic actions defensively with 80 mph arm strength from the outfield.


Team Pennsylvania Roster

NAME STATE SCHOOL CLASS POS COMMITMENT
Josh Beck PA Lancaster Catholic 2021 LHP Radford
Colton Book PA Manheim Central 2021 LHP Stony Brook
Jake Books PA Malvern Prep 2022 1B  
Justin Butler PA Quakertown Community 2021 C  
Derek Cease PA Nanticoke Area 2021 SS  
Maddix Dalena PA Montoursville 2022 1B  
Dylan DuCharme PA Spring-Ford 2021 OF  
Alex Gabauer PA Norwin 2021 SS  
Luke Holman PA Wilson West Lawn 2021 RHP  
Cullen Horowicz WV Jefferson 2021 3B  
Michael Kilker PA Hazleton Area 2021 RHP West Virginia
Paxton Kling PA Central (Martinsburg) 2022 OF  
Chase Kriebel PA Clarion Area 2022 LHP Florida Gulf Coast
Colin Lewandowski PA William Penn Charter 2021 RHP  
Andrew Muraco PA Franklin Regional 2021 SS Coastal Carolina
Rafe Perich PA Northwestern Lehigh 2021 SS  
Erik Ritchie PA Souderton Area 2021 LHP East Carolina
Caleb Sturtevant PA Cocalico 2022 OF Pittsburgh
Evin Sullivan PA North Penn 2021 C Binghamton
Carter Welch PA Northwestern Lehigh 2021 LHP  
Trey Yesavage PA Boyertown 2021 RHP Pittsburgh


UPCOMING EVENTS

SHOWCASE STATE DATE LOCATION
West Chester Dragons Scout Day PA 10/05 Keystone State Baseball Academy
RC Knights 16U Scout Day PA 10/12 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Future Prospects Showcase PA 10/19 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Elite Prospect Showcase PA 10/26 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Fall Measurables & Evaluation Showcase PA 11/02 Keystone State Baseball Academy
2019 Holiday Showcase PA 12/28 Keystone State Baseball Academy


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